Creator(s): Battlefield House Museum
In 1789, widow Mary Jones Gage and her two children, James and Elizabeth, made the journey from New York state to the township of Saltfleet (Stoney Creek) in Upper Canada. In 1796, James married Mary Davis, and a one-and-a-half-storey frame house was built on Crown Grant land. The Gages' hard work was disrupted with the onset of the War of 1812, when advancing American troops stopped for the night at the Gage homestead. Within hours and under the cover of darkness, the British attacked, forcing the Americans to retreat back to Fort George.